HEDGESVILLE - Berkeley County educators, board members and officials as well as family members and friends joined together Monday night at Hedgesville High School to honor the newest members of an elite class -14 individuals who've been named National Board Certified Teachers.
They join a growing list of local recipients, because the program has been "extremely successful" in Berkeley County, which has the second highest number of Nationally Board Certified Teachers in the state, said program coordinator Ann Laskey.
This year also marks the fourth consecutive year that Berkeley County had more teachers obtain this certification than any other county in the West Virginia, she said.
Journal photo by Jenni Vincent
Berkeley County’s new National Board Certified Teachers were honored Monday night during a program and reception held at Hedgesville High School. New honorees include, front row, left, Craig Arch, Stefinie Aversa, Erin Butler, Rebecha Catlett, Debra Glover and Natalie Kaminski, and second row, left, Jodi Kisner, Rachel Knotts Wendy Lee, Lauren Mongada, Brianna Niewodowski and Karen Weigle. Not pictured is Mary Beth Twigg.
Laskey said these teachers add value to their students, schools and the entire district.
Although participation is voluntary, there's lots involved in the rigorous program, such as having teachers construct a portfolio of their classroom work, she said.
According to the West Virginia Department of Education, more than 800 state teachers have now been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards - including 69 individuals in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Wood County leads the state with 92 National Board Certified teachers, followed by Berkeley County with 72 and Cabell County with 61. Monongalia with 53 and Putnam with 42 round out the top five counties.
Recipients received a certificate and pin during the program before shaking hands with board members. During the program, superintendent of schools Manny Arvon also greeted them and praised their desire to be the best.
New honorees include Craig Arch, special education teacher, Spring Mills High; Stefinie Aversa, first grade, Winchester Avenue Elementary; Erin Butler, first grade, Back Creek Valley Elementary; Rebecha Catlett, special education, Spring Mills Middle; Debra Glover, fifth grade, Potomac Intermediate; Natalie Kaminski, eighth-grade language arts, Hedgesville Middle; Jodi Kisner, science, Martinsburg High; Rachel Knotts, special education, Valley View Elementary; Wendy Lee, technology teacher, Back Creek Valley and Inwood Primary; Lauren Mongada, fourth grade, Potomac Intermediate; Brianna Niewodowski, fourth grade, Orchard View Intermediate; Kelly Robbins, eighth-grade language arts, Musselman Middle; Mary Beth Twigg, fourth grade, Orchard View Intermediate; and Karen Weigle, Title 1, Berkeley Heights Elementary;
Brian Kleppner and Sonya Shockey were also honored for having been recertified under this program.
- Staff writer Jenni Vincent can be reached at 304-263-8931, ext. 131.